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Old Thu, Jul-05-2018, 04:47:18 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

https://elementfire.com/

Benefits I'm seeing:
-The one meant for automotive use (the E50) weights 0.6 lbs, which is appealing! Also less likely to injure someone while flying around the cabin in an accident :P
-It also has 50 seconds of discharge. Most pressurized fire extinguishers people carry under their seats have a couple seconds of use.
-No mess/residue left behind.
-Fits in smaller areas.
-Cheap!
-Compact, compared to a traditional fire extinguisher

The downside I see is that you have to be closer to the fire to use it. But, any fire that's big enough that you don't want to be that close to, I feel like is more than you're going to put out with the couple of seconds of use you get with a traditional, pressurized fire extinguisher.

What am I missing? Why am I not seeing these in cars?
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Default Re: Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

Nice fine, I ordered a couple for the car and shop.

Seems like that stricker cap would be easy to drop in gloves and a panic but other than that seems well thought out .

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Default Re: Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

Super cheap set up compared to other ones I’ve seen. I’m really tempted to pick one up.
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Default Re: Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

What allows it to last longer? Higher compression, restricted nozzle, etc.?
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What allows it to last longer? Higher compression, restricted nozzle, etc.?
It's not a compressed gas, like traditional fire extinguishers.
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Default Re: Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

This looks awesome, looks like i'll be ordering one as well. i also really love their carbon fiber mount option.

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Default Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

I guess it would be harder to spray from under the car? If there’s a fire under the hood, the worst thing you can do is open the hood.

But this is a win-win. A fire extinguisher makes a massive mess. You’re almost better off letting the car burn down. The dry chem stuff will ruin paint, fabric, aluminum, glass...pretty much any surface it touches.


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Default Re: Anyone have any experience with Element Fire Extinguishers? Pretty different!

I'm seeing 2 downsides:
- Gotta get awfully close to that fire. THIS close. OUCH. I wouldn't use that thing on any fire that could flare.



- In the vid, it looks like he removes caps off both ends of the device. Which are lose parts you have to hold onto and use to start it. Not intuitive at all. I wouldn't expect anyone not familiar to pick that thing up and be able to use it in an emergency.
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- In the vid, it looks like he removes caps off both ends of the device. Which are lose parts you have to hold onto and use to start it. Not intuitive at all. I wouldn't expect anyone not familiar to pick that thing up and be able to use it in an emergency.
I think I'd just drop them, worry about picking them up later

Agreed that a random person with it might have issues using it. That said, I feel like my primary desire for a fire extinguisher is to have it on hand if my car catches fire, to suppress the fire till I'm clear of it.
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I think I'd just drop them, worry about picking them up later

Agreed that a random person with it might have issues using it. That said, I feel like my primary desire for a fire extinguisher is to have it on hand if my car catches fire, to suppress the fire till I'm clear of it.
This looks pretty awesome - going to order a couple for the house and car for emergencies.

FWIW - I had to use a 5lb extinguisher recently to put out a small fire and it literally discharged for 5 seconds, very underwhelming and really made me uneasy about my family having the same dinky extinguisher as a last resort for fire suppression.

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